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Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
defense related topics recently including the iran nuclear deal, u.s. budget negotiations and the military's upcoming withdrawal from afghanistan. one of the participants was forwarded to provide official michelle flournoy. bumiller elisabeth of "the new york times" moderated this discussion. >> thank you all for coming. and i'm sorry that i am not nick, but here i am and i'm pulling myself together. i'm going to briefly introduce michele and phillip. we were all at aspen and i see a table h of these could number of people in the audience that were in considerably better weather last summer. so, michelle flournoy is the senior adviser at the boston consulting group prayer. from 2009 to 2012 she was the undersecretary for defense policy. and then she was the principle advisor to the secretary defense and the violation of the national security defense policies and oversight of military plans and operations and so forth. i interviewed her a number of times. she was very cautious. she never told us very much. she's also a senior fellow for science and international affairs committee m
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Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
what is your take? >> guest: china has developed this air defense identification, which the administration has told our military plane to ignore, that the faa to bring into effect. so if you're on a commercial airliner you have to take this into account. you've got to respond -- i'm not sure how that works, probably transponders, but our military side is not recognizing it. china will try to -- they'll try to exert itself over japan and our allies in that region, and i think we all knew this was something. we've been talking on china since i've been in congress the last five years and wanted to expand and that's what's happening right now. what i think will happen is they will push further and further and further, every time, and this is once again much harder than the iran deal because china is a big old over american debt, a huge part of our economy. and they're becoming more westernized while at the same time building up their military and building their military up in a way where it's purely targeted at the american military. they are not doing their military up in a pro
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Dec 6, 2013 10:00pm EST
agencies, among them nih and the defense advanced research project agency and the national science foundation as well as private partners to take our understanding of the brain and how it works and bring it up a notch. try to figure out a way to develop the tools to decode the language of the brain. we have gone a long way recently, but we knew -- need to go much further much faster to understand the basis of how the brain works and how it sometimes does not work so well so that you end up with a brain that gives you alzheimer's or parkinson's or any of those disorders that were mentioned earlier. those are disorders that if you are going to really be able to make the kind of progress we want, we have got to understand the fundamentals of the organ involved. we do not understand the brain as well as we understand the heart, kidney, or the liver. the association hopes to put the brain into the focus of current research so we can really up the understanding of this organ and be able to make a difference for people with brain disorders. host: with regard to alter them are specifically
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00pm EST
update members on the status of the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2014. before the break, we spent a week on the senate floor trying to bring more amendments up and to have them debated and voted on, but we were unable to do so. we tried to reach agreement to limit consideration to defense-related amendments, but we were unable to do that. we trade to get consent to vote on two sexual assault amendmen s that had been fully debated but we could not get that accident. -- get that consent. we tried to get consent to lock in additional votes but we were unable to do so. at this point, mr. president, the house of representatives will be adjourning for the year at the end of this week. and there is simply no way that we can debate and vote on those amendments to the pending bill, to get cloture, to pass the bill, to go to conference with the house, to get a conference report written and to have it adopted by the house of representatives all before the house goes out of session this friday. there just simply is no way that all of those events can take place and get a defen
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Dec 4, 2013 10:00pm EST
>> we announced these changes than the secretary of defense, general dempsey said it will result in better aligning our structures and resources with dod strategic interests and priorities. and earlier this year we directed the management review in that review developed options to help the dod plan for a range of future budget scenarios, including the persistence of sequester lover untracked level cuts. and as all of you know, these threats, and less changed, will represent a 500 billion-dollar reduction over the next 10 years, and that is in addition with a $480 billion spending cut that the dod has are implemented. included in the strategic choice of management review is a comprehensive look that all savings that could be achieved by reducing overhead throughout the department and streamlining organizations, including osd and the joint staff. as you may recall, i announced this summer that dod would reduce headquarters operating budgets for 20 represent over the next five years and these reductions are only a first step in the effort of dod to realign the spending to meet new fisc
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Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm EST
113th congress? that ishe only thing completely likely to get through it is a new defense authorization act. there will be a lot of interesting debates to watch on that to see what gets included. one thing we will watch is to see whether any legislation sanctioning iran is added to the bill. the administration is doing everything it can to prevent congress from doing that, but a lot of members are still interested in adding sanctions, sending signals they are not interested in the deal obama wants to sign onto. also the farm bill. negotiators are trying to reach an agreement. if they cannot get a deal, they will have to at least extend existing spending so that is something that can be done. the senate is here for an extra week. they will look at a lot of nominations, particularly after the filibuster changes that democrats rammed through a few weeks ago. among the big nominees to watch for are the new chairwoman of the federal reserve, janet yellen. host: a number of articles in the last couple of weeks have suggested that this is the most unproductive covers ever. why ha
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Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm EST
levels for the defense and intelligence communities that would seem to be indicated by the kinds of policies congressman rogers would like to see the united states follow? >> we are in the middle of budget negotiations. it would be great if we can get an agreement by next week. right now, it is up in the air. to your question, i think when it comes to providing the esources necessary for the defense and intelligence community, there is a bipartisan support for that part of the budget. with respect to other very important parts of our national security budget, we have had less success in convincing our republican colleagues. the other parts of what i think are important to a robust policy which includes other forms of assistance, development and economic assistance. other tools of foreign olicy. the state department budget is puny in comparison to the defense budget. you get an awful lot of benefit from some of those investments that the state department, in erms of assistance, economic assistance and it is that part of the category of the budget where we have had a lot less success
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Dec 3, 2013 10:00am EST
law. some contend that the president's decision not to defend the defense of marriage act violated the clause and in fact the president made a judgment subsequently vindicated by the united states supreme court that the act was unconstitutional. but while the case was pending, he continued to comply with the law. the president's decision not to defend the law wasn't novel and indeed the congress itself recognized this possibility. congress understood that sometimes the administration's duty to take care that the law be faithfully executed might include recognizing that a particular statute is unconstitutional. the constitution as we are told is the supreme law of the land. presidents are required to follow it. so past administrations have exercised their discretion not to defend the law they have deemed unconstitutional. for example, the acting solicitor general at the time, john roberts, now the chief justice of the united states refused to defend the law that he believed to be unconstitutional in the case of natural broadcasting versus the fcc. chief justice roberts argued that t
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
it. >> just before the thanksgiving break, the senate was working on the defense authorization bill. our those going? >> they thought they were going to vote in the senate. it could drag into the new year. >> with the filibuster rules changed because of the nuclear option, where judicial nominations can we expect to see? >> three nominees to the d c circuit court, one of the most powerful in the country that deals in disputes between the executive and legislative branch. , harry reid said he will bring those to the floor. quicklylikely move very in the beginning of the week for the senate. >> a congressional reporter for politico. thank you for joining us. hillary received a human rights award earlier today, an advocacy group founded by tom lantos. he was a holocaust survivor. this is about 15 minutes. [applause] my goodness. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. thek you, and first to extraordinary lantos family, this is a great honor and an havese personal leisure to tom lantos around my neck. office or onin my asking me what i was going to do about something or offering to p
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
defense attorneys the more they tell me in the pretrial face in plea bargaining increasingly the evidence is being used to try to plea for a lesser offense or alesser punishment. in what ways? well, the firsts most pef lent is in cases offed had. right. in death penalty cases that's where the evidence first showed up. in the sentencing face of a capital case, a criminal defendant tried to present as mitigating evidence that they should be treatedless harsh. they shouldn't get the death penalty. what is surprising if you look at the chart there are many other types on here. okay. from felon murder, child abuse, rape case, drug case, across the gamete of felony cases now, criminal defendants are coming to the courtroom and introducing evidence there genetic or brain help to explain why they behave the way that did. the blue in the front and red in the back shows you that the majority of these cases are now becoming neurological cases. it's gettic evidence. the red bar in the back is neurological evidence. what this is with a kind of claim are they making? you'll see the biggest bar
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
leahy law, which prohibits the u.s. department of state department of state and department of defense from providing military aid to foreign military and police forces and engage them byerly human rights. and he never stopped bleeding on an issue central to our mission at human rights first and then his refugee protection. he is the chief sponsor of the refugee protection act, which would eliminate useless hurdles that prevent persecuted refugees from receiving safe haven. at human rights first, with also teamed up to senator leahy to fight for counterterrorism problems -- counterterrorism policies that respect human rights. in fact, in 2009, he called for the creation of an independent commission to investigate our own government's use of torture in the post-9/11 era. unfortunately, that hasn't come to pass yet. senator leahy has a strong record of success because he is further determined pragmatist and an idealist who's less interested in making a statement in making change. frankly, he's willing and able to work with republicans on human rights and a whole bunch of other issues. fo
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Dec 4, 2013 12:00am EST
defense minister also known as the pizza man because he had become welcome in canada with a chain of pizza restaurants, and so it was darg in the ministry of defense, and we know where the front line is, that we were told from the previous day, and we walk in and tell the minister the instructions are from the united states that you must stop and stop the forces right now. we said, ambassador holbrook is giving this to the president right now. they said, stop, stop, we're on the last hill overlooking, and the seshes going crazy shooting their own soldiers who are running from us. you want us to stop right now? we said, stop right now. we get back in the plane, and so dick said stop, and we told them to stop, jim and i, and we say, but look, did we know it was this bad? it was this bad, so, you know, we're scrambling to get the intelligence information to put it together. i guess dick finally got, you know, got the word it was bad. he said, we should go right now and tell him to surrender right now. we can save his unit, right now. this is the moment. we had to go to italy for some
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Dec 9, 2013 8:30pm EST
ministries including aerospace, transportation shipbuilding woodworking defense and elect tronics to name a few. iam members design, old and assemble and maintain the goods and services that keep the u.s. economy growing. and they keep the u.s. safe and secure. our members produce goods and services that are exported all over the world. while we believe in global trade and we have seen first-hand its benefits, our members have also felt this harsh impact. we dream of a global economy that works for u.s. workers as well as workers throughout the world. sadly we have a long way to go in order to make this a reality. for u.s. aerospace workers whose jobs have moved to mexico or china, for over 1000 bangladeshi apparel workers that ran a plaza while earning roughly 18 cents an hour, for enslaved children working on cocoa plantations in the ivory coast or for the millions of people who work every day for wages that are far below poverty level. the global economy has failed them. our nation's trade policies contributing to this failure. it has led to trade agreements with countries like me
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Dec 9, 2013 10:30am EST
bill for 2014 defense programs. they will take up the judicial nomination for the d.c. circuit with a vote at 5:30 p.m. it will be the first nomination both since they changed the rule since leaving before break. >> now to talk about some of these issues on capitol hill and the week ahead is excellence ane news editor at the hill newspaper. thanks for joining us.u for joit >> host: thanks for having. as the "washington post" state and a number of reports have put out we are expecting a budgeted to come as early as this week. what could that look like? >> guest: is not going to be thi the grand bargaining guest: it is not going to be the grand bargain that has dominated the discussion over the past five years. hikes.looking at tax they are also not looking at significant cuts to medicare, security,or social which are areas republicans say needs to be done. instead we are looking at pretty small things and haggling over whether to have federal employees attribute more to their retirement -- employees contribute more to their retirement plans. thingse also looking at -- a spectrum that i
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Dec 9, 2013 8:00pm EST
would allow us to send it out for the small banks to have reasonable defenses because we don't want to expose so theys to the risk could gain entry into the system. need to continue to support effective cybersecurity legislation. we need to particularly focus on liability protection. we have limitations from a legal point of view in terms of working together to share information. thank all the council and government agencies. everybody has a great. they are working hard and helping us a lot. i do not want any of the recommendations to imply we don't have great support. like it to include the thisies to help in comprehensive rattle. of rugrats. a lot -- made a lot of rugrats. we have shared goals. we can make this a safe way to do business in the future. >> i would like to thank the staff of the regulatory agencies for their dedication on this issue and their work on the banking and infrastructure committee. i have been deeply involved in this since coming here. me is you meet with bankers. mrs. on the radar. i do want to make sure we have the information flowing smoothly where it needs
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Dec 6, 2013 12:00am EST
defense from providing military aid to a foreign military enforces setting gauge its human-rights a and he'd never stops leaving gandhi issued to our mission with said chief sponsor of the act to eliminate useless hurdles for persecuting refugees to receiving a safe haven will also t. buckley senator leahy to fight counterterrorism problems problems, policies that respect human rights. id 2009 he called for the creation of the independent commission to investigate our own government's use of torture in the post 9/11 era. unfortunately that has not come to pass yet. senator leahy has a strong record of success because he is a turret blown dash determined pragmatist and a the lists less interested in making a statement and making change. and working with republicans on human rights for example, him and senator rubio are in the process to try to get the reauthorization of the trafficking victims' protection act. want to close by sharing a little secret patrick leahy is now one disserving u.s. senator and president pro tem of the senate but don't tell him that because we although it is
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Dec 5, 2013 9:00pm EST
that will be our position. do not see the defense authorization bill. i am hopeful the senate will move on that intelligence authorization. the senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform will. we are very disappointed on this side of the aisle that the senate bill has not been put on the floor. our bill or one of the four bills out of committee. it was supported by the republican party and the judiciary committee. they have not been brought to the floor. we believe immigration reform is a critically important action for the congress to take. we hope anyone of those options would be brought to the table. the senate has passed in a bipartisan way the end of discrimination in employment. we talk about jobs. we talk about economic opportunity. passed that bill. that is not on the agenda either. i noticed we do have an extension bill that has been specifically reference. we will get to a debate on that next week. we have a suspension bill we have been urging that is reported out of committee that passed by 350 votes. it simply says we ought to have a plan, and that will be to ex
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00am EST
and the department of defense and earlier this year, i lead a bipartisan delegation with my good friend, ranking member, to the philippines to strengthen our bilateral relationship with that country. we're going do that again in the wake of these issues. but in the interim, i want to thank all the members of the committee and to say we are all filipinos during this difficult time. i look forward to hearing from our distinguished witness. >> thank you for your leadership and comment today. i would like to recognize -- >> thank you, mr. chairman. and thank you for calling this hearing and as we start to look at the issue, and a personal firsthand testimony you and others who visited the region. it's certainly one that can't help but touch your heard when you hear about people being displaced tps. whard we start talking in millions to really recognize the size of that. but it's the size of the state of oregon. if everybody in oregon were displaced, you know, it's just monumental in term of the impact. so i think in a town where many times we can be very critical, agencies and their
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Dec 4, 2013 2:00am EST
bipartisan about it provided funding for houses of worship, many who are the front-line defense in terms of humanitarian aid in new york and new jersey ravaged by super storm sandy. the bill passed. fema opposes it. the senate has opposed it and refuses to even bring it up for a vote. i can't tell you have disappointed and outrageously wrong i think those who were first and foremost in the relief side, being told you're not going to get fema relief. there's a separation of church and date issued. they can do all kinds of other things, but they can't get the critical fema support. that bias, which i know you don't share needs to be guarded against because that first line of defense is so important. mr. green and i would be in agreement. the more you can help out in that regard, the better. thank you. i'd like to now welcome our second panel began with mr. shawn callahan, chief operating officer for catholic relief services. he's also served as executive vice president for overseas operations and regional director for south asia and catholic relief services. he's the crs regional response
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Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
be our new acting deputy secretary of defense. i recommended her to the president because i felt we needed the continuity to continue with some of the most exciting challenges we have been facing him and will continue to face in this department over aid member of the ears. you know, what those are. budget sequestration, we are finishing up the review and how all that impacts the strategic interest and focus of where we go from here. she brings the continuity and leadership and highly respected in the congress, in the white house and around here. i want to acknowledge heard coming over to you give us her time. a few months ago she thought she would escape. she did for a while. she will be an important part how rico for work over the next few months. i have great confidence and i vote for virtues' spending time with her again. this morning we laid out the back steps for the next few weeks. also want to take the opportunity to say ash carter we had a ceremony and he will be greatly missed. i will miss him personally and has been a tremendous part of this institution's over the last fiv
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Dec 3, 2013 4:00am EST
that the court was going to accept the legal defense fund was going to win. i knew a fair amount about that, but what i did know was that he -- what i didn't know was that he was one of the greatest trial attorneys of his time as well. he spent enormous amounts of time crisscrossing especially the states of the south, representing a wide variety of people, but mostly in criminal cases and very frequently in capital cases. being subjected to incredible danger himself. he would come to town and it was not at all clear that he was going to be safe and of course the indignities of traveling in a place where you couldn't stay at a hotel and you couldn't eat at a regular restaurant. and then representing black people before all-white juries where it was not clear that anybody had justice in mind. the stories that he told of those trips and of those cases, it all came back to me very much this summer. i read a very fine book, and that just one the pulitzer prize called "devil in the grove" about one of his capital cases in florida. it is a gripping story. it reads like a whodunit or what is g
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
of the threat of serb intervention so i was sent in to see the defense minister, the pizza man. he had become wealthy on pizza restaurants. we walked in, we were told from the previous day, the instructions are you must stop those forces right now. we said ambassador holbrooke is giving this right now. stop, stop, we are on the west hills, the serbs are going crazy, they are shooting their own soldiers who are running from us. you want us to stop right now? stop right now so we get back in the plane, so dick has said stop, and we say look, did we know it was this bad? we are scrambling to get intelligence information to put it together. dick finally got the word that it was bad. we should go to slow but on milosevic right now and tell him to surrender right now. we can save his units. this is the moment. we need to go to italy, we detoured back and got into belgrade at 2:00 at night and already had dinner. we are in the sedan with the u.s. ambassador and we say to the u.s. ambassador, i can't believe we will see him this late at night, heavy dinners with all these meets and everyth
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Dec 3, 2013 8:00am EST
defense intelligence agency, the nsa, the joint chiefs of staff regularly working together. sandy chaired a tenty's committee -- deputy's committee that kept all the agencies working together. we were committed to sharing information, not hoarding it, to try to reconcile the apparent inconsistencies and then to make good decisions. you know, i love all these shows, homeland and all that stuff. i love that stuff. [laughter] but the real world involves all these cia folks out there killing themselves to figure out what is really going on and how to get that back to the oil makers. to the policymakers. and what leon says is right, you have to be an active, not passive consumer of intelligence. otherwise, someone just assumes that your bandwidth has been choked in 1994 and '95, and you wind up like we were, not even having a meeting about rwanda. because you're so obsessed with all this other stuff. so the obligation of the policymakers is to be aggressive in this saying what we need. i also agree with the comments that were made in the panel about the need to have someone representin
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
through the 113th congress. caller: i think the only thing that is likely to get through is the defense authorization act. we will see what gets included. one thing we will be watching is to see whether any legislation sanctioning iran is added to that bill. the administration is doing everything it can to prevent congress from doing that but a lot of members are still interested in adding sanctions to iran. another thing to watch for is the farm bill. if they cannot get a deal they are going to have to extend existing -- finally the senate are here for and asked her week. they will look at a lot of nominations, particularly after the filibuster changes republicans ran through a couple of weeks ago. among the big nominees are the new chairwoman of the federal reserve, jackie ellen. host: another -- a number of articles suggest this is the most unproductive congress ever. why is it so hard to get anything done on capitol hill? caller: it is divided government. you have the senate run by democrats, the house run right the house run by republicans. leadership for a longtime hasn't really b
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Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
or no? >> with water quality status the first line of defense. >> yes or no. >> i'm trying to understand how. >> maybe i can't understand anything you say because you're hard to believe. do you believe that natural gas prices will remain low if the epa has regulations that restart reductions coming yes or no? >> i think that a large component of the nation's energy security relies on the development of oil and natural gas. >> the nation depends on and all of the above energy strategy and use of technologies like hydraulic fracturing and security would need to support it, not detour. i yield back my time. >> of the gentleman from connecticut is recognized for a question. >> thank you, administrator. connecticut as you know exceptionally well has been a beneficiary of the improvements to help the clean air act and so i would like you to talk a little bit about the situation. many utilities have already installed the devices on their facilities. if the epa at this time were to pull back on the clean air regulations governing these utilities would they have an incentive to run the
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Dec 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
defense secretary chuck hagel and martin dempsey and the joint chiefs of staff. >> we want to welcome for the first century table, congressman duncan hunter has its own house and. and they begin with the orang nuclear deal. in the "washington post" this morning, this is how they begin their story. at a beirut come a surge of diplomacy and outburst of violence in the day since world powers reached a deal with tehran illustrate the promise and peril of what could be the start of a more peaceful area in the middle east. or the beginning of a new round of bloodletting. which do you think it is? >> i don't think anything has changed. they're both probably completely wrong. you will have every infield for the last decade. even if they stop short of being able to enrich to a nuclear capability, they'll still be building up their ballistic missiles and ability to reach further and further in his southeast europe in different parts of israel. even if they stop the enrichment capability just short of what is permissible under this new deal, they'll be able to spread to that in a month o
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Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm EST
commitment to israel's security spurred the u.s.-israeli development of missile defense technologies to keep israelis safe from rockets and missiles. those systems and newer technologies continue to protect israelis from the range of threats that they still face today. president obama and i -- and i think you heard this from the president in his q&a earlier today -- remain deeply committed. indeed determined to ensuring israel has the ability to defend itself by itself. that is why in fact, by any measurement, president obama's administration has done more than any before to make israel more secure, including funding iron dome, which i saved untold -- which has saved untold lives by intercepting hundreds of rockets that might otherwise have struck schools, hospitals, or homes. deepening our day-to-day security on an ongoing basis. negotiating a new, long-term memorandum of understanding to lock in long-term military assistance for the future. providing access to the most sophisticated u.s. military technology, such as precision munitions, the f-35 joint strike fighter, the v-22 osprey.
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Dec 10, 2013 12:30pm EST
banks to have reasonable defenses because we do not want to expose ourselves to the risk that is a perpetrator could gain entry at the weakest point of the system. so that is really, really important area for to us focus on. we need to continue to support effective cybersecurity legislation. we need to particularly focus on information-sharing that provides liability protection for good faith information sharing. we have today some real limitations from legal point of view of banks being able to work together to share information. that needs to be clarified legislatively. so i want to thank all of the council members and the government agencies. everybody has been great. everybody has been working really hard, helping us a lot. i don't want any of my recommendations to imply we haven't had great support. everybody is working real hard and given us great support. i would ask that the council consider forming a high level task force team, led by treasury to include the fsoc members and key government age is such as intelligence, dhs, telecommunication regulators that can really help
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Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
patrick leahy law and that prohibits the department of state and defense to provide military aid to foreign military and police forces that engage and violate human rights. and he never stops leading on an issue central to our mission at human rights first and that is refuge protection. and the act he sponsors elimina eliminates them from not having safe places to go. in 2009, he called for the creation of an independent investigation for torture after 9-11. he is a determined pragmatic person and an idealist who is less interested in making statements than change. he is willing and able to work with republicans on human rights and/or other -- and other issues -- he and rubio are trying to get the trafficking victims protection act. patrick leahy is now the longest serving u.s. senate and he is president pro-term of the senate. don't tell him that, because he thinks, and i think all of us in the room know it is true, that he is just getting started. ladies and gentlemen, i hope you will give a warm welcome to our keynote speaker, the honorable patrick leahy. [ applause ] >> thank yo
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Dec 7, 2013 12:00am EST
secretary of defense, state, and the treasury this president has, but he meets with other secretaries in one on ones and small groups all the time. i would note that those calendars may never show a meeting i have with the president. i had two yesterday. that is how it works. >> a final question on nelson mandela. what people will be thinking about, when we consider the life of nelson mandela and the challenges that exist in our own country, what lessons can washington learn? i know you had conversations in the white house and what you think the message we can learn is. >> i think the president put it very well yesterday in the remarks he made when he was in south africa earlier this year about the remarkable example that nelson mandela set when he was released from prison and made clear that he would embrace those who jailed him, and he would seek those to help build a south africa that judged every person by his or her character and not by his or her skin color. i think that spirit of reconciliation that the president said yesterday is one that should imbue the work that
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm EST
passing a defense authorization bill this year without the procedure. the emphasize this is not same procedure that's used twice in 2010 recent years and in 2008, i believe. now, in terms of the democratic we will present this to my colleagues, as a matter of be meeting with the full armed services committee 15 minutes ago. meeting with the democratic caucus tomorrow. last question, yes? >> you said -- [ inaudible question ] they're going to talk to each other. i talked to them individually. they couldn't make a commitment until they talked to each other they've done by now. >>. [ inaudible question ] >> let me go back over and tell had in the bill will be an improvement of what we've passed in the house and in committee. and it was an overwhelming vote. think ink we'll be -- i we'll be okay. i think we've addressed people's concern. thank you very much. to go get the guest the bill passed. thank you. british house of common sense celebrated nelson mandela a tribute in monday. mr. cameron will join 100 world at a memorial service tuesday in johannesburg. order. order. know how will w
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Dec 5, 2013 8:00am EST
defense department briefing from yesterday with remarks from defense secretary chuck hagel and joint chiefs chair general martin dempsey on pentagon spending cuts. >> all these decisions will not only result in a smaller and flatter osd but one that i believe will be better prepared for serious and complex 21st century security challenges that we face as a department and as a nation. and is constrained budget environment, we will continue to look for ways to reduce overhead, improve efficiency and maximize combat power. but we must do so in a deliberate manner after careful consideration of how best to ensure this department is able to carry out its mission of defending the nation. most of the reduction in osd staff that i've announce today will occur through process of natural attrition in order to minimize the impact on workforce. if the department is forced to take this deep sequestration cuts on the order of $500 billion over the next 10 years, we may need to include additional reductions. as i said before, sequestration is irresponsible and poses an unnecessary risk to our milit
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Dec 10, 2013 6:30pm EST
bill. the defense program bill what is in the new version? >> well, the bill contains several of the sexual assault provisions in bother haves of the house version and the senate verdict of the bill. it also contains a comprise on detainees as well as new authorizations for several weapons systems and military pay raise. >> what prompted this comprise? >> well, the bill -- the senate was unable to pass the bill last month and it stalled there. in order to get the bill done before the end of the collar year the leader of the two committee met and hammered out the differences and the bill that had been before the senate and the house-passed bill to come up with the comprise version of the measure that they hope can get through both chambers before they adjourn for the year. >> you mentioned sexual assault in the military. what are some of the other controversial amendments part of the original senate sphwhil. >> sure. actually one of the issues that did not make the bill is probably one of the more big e highlight. that's senator jill brand's amendment nap would have taken the decision
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Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm EST
before "the new york times"? >> there were 58,000 documents. >> so in the public interest defense is not actually journalism, that he didn't have the time or resources going through them. >> there were conversations at the cabinet after terry, which led me to think that it was wise to share this material. they attended by herself. how many people read their? >> i think two or three from "the guardian." >> you just broke up, is that right? >> it's harder to smash up a computer you might be. the food mixers -- [inaudible] >> if you have the documents anyway to publish them. >> well, it goes back to spy catcher. i was completely clear what the cabinet secretary that there were copies elsewhere and that the destruction of these computers does not plan to stop reporting. i think that they still had with her instructions. i think that i accept this as a hard choice for the government. i think they were balancing a free press for security. i understand the nature, but the point was i think the alternative to having newspapers , you can criminalize newspapers that you like. the next edward s
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Dec 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
an air defense identification which the administration has told our military to ignore and the faa to bring into effect so if you run a commercial airliner you have to take this into account and respond to the chinese. i'm not sure exactly how that works. our military side is not recognizing that. china will try to resort itself in the south china sea. i think we all knew this was happening. they wanted to expand and that is what is happening right now. they are going to push further and a little bit further and a little bit further. every time and this is once again much harder than the iran deal. there's a huge part of our economy and they are becoming more westernized and mort capitalistic while at the same time our military in building the military up and away where it's purely targeted at the american military. they are building their military up in a protective way against everybody. they are building specific weapon systems that would take out america -- >> host: how should the united states respond? >> guest: by not recognizing it read the defense agencies have said ignore
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Dec 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
defense and earlier this year, i led a bi-partisan delegation with my good friend to the philippians to strengthen our bilateral relationship with the company. we will do that again in the wake of the interest. but in the interirks -- interim -- i want to say we are all filipinos at this time. >> thank you for your leadership and comments. i would like to recognize mr. minnow now. >> thank you for calling the hearing. as we start to look at the issues, the personal first-hand testimony of uand/ors who have visit -- and/or others -- who vis visited the region you cannot help but feel for those who have been displaced. the size of the state of oregon has been displaced. if everybody in oregon was displaced it would be monumental in terms of impact. in a town where we can be critical many times of agencies and their roll and what happened, the testimony that has been shared by mr. green and the chairman is certainly something that needs to be applauded and we need to celebrate the successes and hopefully put model going forward on how we can make sure response is rapid and i
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Dec 10, 2013 6:00am EST
billion dollars in weapons, and yesterday talking about a missile umbrella for defense for the gulf countries only. thank you. >> i must say the microphone is distorting. up here it is very difficult. >> i had the same reaction. >> could you just say that without speaking into the microphone? give me the thrust of your question again. >> the israelis are really iraniand about the nuclear program. perhaps they are politically but it is a way of directing the conflict at arab countries, the main israelit, the arab- conflict, to the iranian threat. >> if you talk to the arab countries today, they are a lot more concerned about the iranian situation than the israeli- palestinian situation. the alliance has been written about between israel and saudi arabia where they are both obsessed with the iran issue. one could argue -- and this is not provable -- each one has its interests in diverting attention from domestic issues -- the israel-palestinian thing, saudi arabia. in the wake of the arab spring, not wanting people to focus on that question. but to suggest that the arab countries want
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
tenure as the ministry of defense. he ultimately entered politics and perhaps he will tell us all why he made a career change in rows to be present at columbia in 2010. he was elected for four-year term extending until august 2014 obtaining more than 9 million votes, the highest amount obtained by any candidate in the history of colombian democracy. two weeks ago he announced he will run for re-election in next year's presidential election saying he wants to be able to finish the peace process he started. president sub two campaigned in 2010 on a platform to carry on the offensive against the leftist guerrillas that have waged war against the government for decades. as president however he opened talks with the revolutionary armed forces of colombia or farc. negotiators reached a draft agreement on november 6 as 1 aspect of the talks and we expect president santos will tell us about the negotiations in the chances for an ultimate peace agreement. the peace negotiations could well be a central issue in next year's elections with one leading opponent calling for an and to the peace talks.
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Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
defense in the white house meeting. a nice middle east gentleman comes up. it's nice to see you. gates said who is that? and sir it's mike levin our secretary of health and human services. [laughter] remember these guys aren't getting a ton of face time in the oval office with president obama. >> that brings up the tweet from ron. short answer little about the access. obama is micromanager. ask john kerry. >> guest: that's interesting. i'm not sure it proves the tweeter's case. kerry has been given a fairly wide leash when it comes to the white house or taken one. it's a little bit hard to say which. he's been an active secretary of state so far. seeking to reopen middle east peace talk. most think there's little chance of brail through there. he's dealing with the headache of getting an arrangement force to remind in afghanistan. he's negotiating syria peace talks. negotiating the iran deal. kerry is out there and probably impossible micromanagement him. >> i believe it was "politico" that reported that the president made the decision on syria to not go to war with them without cuttin
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Dec 2, 2013 11:00pm EST
states announced hat china the air defense identification zone. provocative to be a attempt to unilaterally contain east chinaquo in the sea. that increases the risk of miscalculation. and e consulting coordinating closely with japan, the republic of korea and our allies in the region. china announced the adiz. newly announced diz even though it overlapped with the adizs and includes japan.ry administered by we do not accept the legitimacy requirements for newly declared adiz and china caused confusion the increase of the accidents underlines the need rescind the procedures. and our actions have demonstrated, we believe these provocations are and e risks of provocation we don't accept the legitimacy of what china announced. we're holding important meetings. > carrying that specific message you just had directly to the chinese leaders? >> yes. that with the re regulation of the civilian aircraft. identify and go to the the china has now requested even though it does not recognize and consider adiz invalid? >> for safety and security of passengers, u.s. carriers operating interna
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Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
powerful economy in the world is not immune from the consequences of defense in the global economic system, so forcefully articulated recently by your own indicates to us that we will have an understanding here in washington. it adds to our confidence that the united states will be in the forefront of the support of africa's struggle to bring about nations. expect to be granted again the privilege of addressing again the representatives of the united states of america. i am grateful to have been allowed to do so in the last months of my public life. the challenges of the present time for our countries, our continent and the world are greater than those have already overcome. we face the future with confidence. because, in spite of the difficulties and tensions that confront us, there is in all of us the capacity to touch one another's hearts across oceans and continents. the award with which you honor me today is an expression of the , one person to , ander, nation to nation people of the north the people of the south. i received with pride as a symbol of hardship for peace, equity as wend
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Dec 7, 2013 4:00am EST
defend defense of marriage act replace it to be unconstitutional? >> yes. i think -- i agree that the president should only very, very rarely and with extremely good reason declined to defend a law in court. and i've written about that, and i think it's hard to fault with the president did in the case of doma. he concluded with very good recent there was simply no argument that could justify, justify doma. he notified the congress of this decision. he continued to enforce the he invited congress to intervene in litigation to present at that point of view. and ultimate the supreme court vindicated his judgment. so it seems to me it's very difficult to complain -- to blame everyone on all sides of these debates, and in both parties agree is that it contemplates the president may decline to enforce a law which he concludes in a responsible it is unconstitutional. >> the gentleman's time has expired. spent i ask unanimous consent to introduce into the record the letter i refer to. >> without objections order. the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. laz
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